3-6 September

XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work: A Global Forum for Prevention

The ILO, the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore (MoM) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA) are jointly organizing the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health 2017.

Nancy Leppink at the SafeYouth@Work Dialogue, plenary session of the World Congress. The dialogue provided a platform for cross-generational exchanges between delegates and ILO youth champions, promoting active engagement to improve OSH conditions for young workers.

Objectives of the World Congress

  • To provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, practices and experience between participants with the aim of promoting safety and health at work.
  • To reinforce and build networks and alliances while laying the groundwork for cooperation and strengthening relationships among all concerned.
  • To provide a platform for the development of knowledge and strategic and practical ideas that can be immediately put into use.
The World Congress is the OSH event of the year. Participants keep up to date on OSH issues, meet experts from all over the world, and network, locally and interactively. The programme reflects the most important OSH topics worldwide. It offers world-class speakers, interactive attractions, and a wide range of topics. In addition, the 2017 Congress included a parallel SafeYouth@Work Congress bringing together OSH experts and Youth Champions for Safety and Health at work.

The ILO at the XXI Congress on Safety and Health at Work

The ILO Director-General, Mr. Guy Ryder presented the opening address to the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, in Singapore on 3 September 2017. 

In addition, the ILO LABADMIN/OSH branch played a leading role at the 2017 Congress including:

Organization and Launch of the First Ever Youth Congress in Parallel to the WCSH

The ILO also hosted the SafeYouth@/Work Congress – a parallel programme at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work –  an opportunity for young people to bring their voice to the discussion on safety and health in the workplace, and to help build a global network of youth OSH champions. Youth Champions are students, trainees, trade unionists, entrepreneurs, employers and government representatives. Some 124 Youth Champions aged 18-24 from 29 countries from all regions of the world participated in the Congress.


SafeYouth@Work Dialogue
OSH experts, policymakers, employer and worker representatives and young professionals discuss “OSH for Youth”

SafeYouth@Work Media Competition

The ILO has awarded 12 winning entries of the SafeYouth@Work media competition during the Special Media Session of the World Congress, on 4 September 2017. The best submissions were selected based on the following shortlisted entries. More than 130 total entries were submitted from 34 countries from all regions of the world. Their work was screened at the congress during a cinema session. The media competition is carried out in conjunction with the International Media Festival for Prevention and the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work.


In the age group 15-17, the winners are: Ethan Eigenfeldt and Spencer David from Canada, both in the category “film”, Nyan Lin Htet from Myanmar, Şeyma Erìllì and Selen Karaca from Turkey in the category “poster/drawing” and Teodora Atanasovska from Macedonia in the category “story”.